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Faculty/Department: Student Services
Employee Group: Academic
Campus: Trafalgar (May be assigned activities at any Sheridan campus)
Reference Number: 18/F/32
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Start Date: August 2018
Salary Range: $62,717 - $108,723 (based on relevant educational qualifications and experience)
Application Details: This is a temporary replacement position that may continue up until August 2019.
Campus Counselling provides supports and resources to students, staff, and faculty with the aim of enhancing and promoting student mental health and well-being. Working collaboratively with students to develop insights, identify strengths, and enhance personal resilience, the role of a counsellor is focused on supporting students to achieve personal and academic goals, resolve challenges, and live healthier lives. Reporting to the Manager, Wellness and Counselling Services, Counsellors provide a continuum of preventative, developmental, remedial, and crisis intervention services. Counsellors work to actively connect students to on and off campus resources, and play a key role in collaborating with staff and faculty to support the ability of Sheridan students to flourish.
• Support the mental health and well-being of students through the use of brief solution focused techniques to address issues such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, stress, trauma, low self-esteem, grief, isolation, relationships, and other mental health related issues;
• Support the creation and delivery of groups, workshops, and psycho-educational lectures;
• Provide crisis intervention, suicide assessments, safety planning and referrals to “at risk” students;
• Provide consultation to staff/faculty on an individual basis, and offer a variety of mental health training opportunities;
• Work as a productive member of a multidisciplinary team; represent the department on committees and working groups within Student Services and the broader Sheridan community;
• Provide competent, ethical, and professional mental health services through mixed modalities;
• Work with external partners in collaboration with the manager to best serve and support students with mental health issues and challenges;
• Participate in the evaluation of services and research initiatives within Student Services.
• Masters degree in Counselling, Social Work, Psychology, Education (or other closely related discipline) required, with a minimum of three years directly-related work experience in a post-secondary counselling service or community based mental health agency.
• Member in good standing with respective regulatory body ((Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), College of Psychologists of Ontario).
• A proven record of adhering to professional and ethical standards; knowledge of confidentiality and privacy legislations (PHIPA, FOI etc.)
• Comprehensive theoretical and practical knowledge, and application of counselling practices and psychotherapeutic modalities;
• Demonstrated knowledge and working experience in mental health with the ability to administer, analyze and interpret assessments/tests/inventories;
• Demonstrated skills in the facilitation of therapeutic and psycho-educational groups, as well as experience in creating and delivering mental health workshops and training sessions;
• Certification as a trainer for Mental Health First Aid, safeTALK or ASIST is an asset;
• Expertise in assessing when to refer the student to an external resource; ability to make effective and appropriate referrals (internal, external, community, etc.);
• Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative work on cross professional and functional teams;
• Experience in understanding the needs of a diverse student population;
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
• Strong organizational skills including: solid notetaking, file keeping, and clinical documentation skills;
• Demonstrated understanding of student success and mental health within the College context;
• High degree of computer, analytical and research skills, initiative, and the ability to function independently and interdependently;
• Being multi-lingual is an asset.
Sheridan welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including visible minorities, Indigenous People, and persons with disabilities. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Sheridan is committed to accommodating applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process. At any stage of the hiring process, Human Resources will work with applicants requesting accommodation.
Note: Copies of educational credentials are requested at the time of an interview. As a condition of employment, Sheridan requires confirmation of educational credentials in the form of an official Canadian transcript or an official evaluation of international credentials which determines Canadian equivalency.